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Playoffs scenarios for Raiders

By Steve Corkran
Monday, December 26th, 2011 at 11:04 am in Oakland Raiders.

Here are the playoffs scenarios for the Raiders as they prepare for their regular-season finale against the San Diego Chargers.
In short, for the Raiders to win the AFC West, they need to win or tie the Chargers on Sunday AND have the Denver Broncos lose to the Kansas City Chiefs.
If that doesn’t happen, the Raiders still can earn the second wild-card berth.
For that to take place, the Raiders need to win, the Cincinnati Bengals have to lose to the Baltimore Ravens AND there can’t be a three-way tie between the Bengals, Raiders and Tennessee Titans. The Raiders win every other tiebreaker, even a four-way tie that includes the Bengals, Titans and New York Jets.

DENVER BRONCOS

Denver clinches AFC West Division:

1) DEN win

2) DEN tie + OAK loss or tie

3) OAK loss

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Oakland clinches AFC West Division:

1) OAK win + DEN loss or tie

2) OAK tie + DEN loss

Oakland clinches a wild card spot:

1) OAK win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie

2) OAK win + CIN loss + NYJ win

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Cincinnati clinches a wild card spot:

1) CIN win or tie

2) NYJ loss or tie + OAK loss or tie

3) NYJ loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

NEW YORK JETS

NY Jets clinch a wild card spot:

1) NYJ win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie + OAK loss or tie

2) NYJ win + CIN loss + TEN loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

TENNESSEE TITANS

Tennessee clinches a wild card spot:

1) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + OAK loss or tie

2) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + DEN loss or tie

3) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ loss or tie + OAK win + DEN win

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  • Just Fire Baby

    The Raiders win every other tiebreaker, even a four-way tie that includes the Bengals, Titans and New York Jets.

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    LMAO at people last night actually starting the conspiracy theories with how the NFL would screw the Raiders out if there were a 4 way tie.

  • Raiderbuck

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:08 am

    The Raiders win every other tiebreaker, even a four-way tie that includes the Bengals, Titans and New York Jets.

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    LMAO at people last night actually starting the conspiracy theories with how the NFL would screw the Raiders out if there were a 4 way tie.
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    Wouldn’t surprise me in the least!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Trust me, the NFL would rather the Raiders in the playoffs than the Bengals or Titans.

    Not the Jets though.

  • Kamikaze_Sensei

    Ugh, I just want to ignore the wild card and just have the Broncos lose. That’s so much easier to worry about.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The NFLN, owned by the NFL, has run puff pieces this season on Sundays on Hue Jackson, and than Carson Palmer.

    I most have missed the Mike Munchak/Matt Hassleback puff pieces.

  • RaiderDebo

    If we beat the Chargers, consider our ticket to the playoffs punched. There’s no way Cincy beats the Ravens. Baltimore only stinks it up against bad teams. And Denver should lose to the Chiefs. The only concern we should have there is turnovers by Orton. If he keeps that in check, they should win going away.

  • inonewordraider

    so the early game we’re rooting for the Jets and the Texans to still be in both the division and the wild card race. Either way we’ll be in by game time… GO RAIDERS!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Orton sucks ,I have zero confidence in him doing anything other than his typical Kyle Orton thing.

    NO big plays, at least one big turnover, lots of garbage stats, and zero inspiration.

  • Seymour Bush

    Win the division. The shine has come of Dungver’s shoes. They are infinitely beatable.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think we have a GREAT chance at the Wildcard, and only a DECENT chance at the division.

    The Donkeys just beat these guys in KC completing two freaking passes all game.

  • inonewordraider

    If we beat the Chargers, consider our ticket to the playoffs punched.
    _________________________________
    Do the Texans rest their players or give a less than full effort in a meaningless game? Do the Dolphins play spoiler to the Jets? Do the Ravens play down because they know their in the playoffs either way? I know the Chiefs will go all out…

  • YoungAmerican

    Bottom line? Raiders have to win before any of this other s*** matters.

  • tengtd

    Steve, did you cut & paste this from Pro Football Weekly w/o attribution or is this from your investigative reporting? You need to cover your tracks better…

  • RaiderDebo

    8.Just Fire Baby Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:18 am
    Orton sucks ,I have zero confidence in him doing anything other than his typical Kyle Orton thing.

    NO big plays, at least one big turnover, lots of garbage stats, and zero inspiration.

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    Agreed, he sucks. But Tebow sucks worse. Crennel will play their run game better this time around and Orton has weapons. The team wants Crennel to stay on as head coach, so they’ll be motivated. It’s also fun to play spoiler.

  • inonewordraider

    will Ford and or Jones be back? lotta drama….

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    6.RaiderDebo Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:16 am
    If we beat the Chargers, consider our ticket to the playoffs punched. There’s no way Cincy beats the Ravens. Baltimore only stinks it up against bad teams. And Denver should lose to the Chiefs. The only concern we should have there is turnovers by Orton. If he keeps that in check, they should win going away.
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    Our biggest concern is which Raider D shows up. Our only concern is if we can win or not.

  • Seymour Bush

    # inonewordraider Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:19 am

    If we beat the Chargers, consider our ticket to the playoffs punched.
    _________________________________
    Do the Texans rest their players or give a less than full effort in a meaningless game? Do the Dolphins play spoiler to the Jets? Do the Ravens play down because they know their in the playoffs either way? I know the Chiefs will go all out…
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    I actually really like that the NFL put all the good rivalries at the end of the season. Jets/Dolphins is one of the great rivalries in sports. Those franchises really don’t like each other. The Ravens would love nothing more than to knock a division rival out of the playoffs. As for Cheat/Bunco, hehehehehe.

  • boss01

    SO to get this straight, I will be rooting for the Jets, Texans, Ravens & Chiefs this weekend.

    Out of all those teams, it hurts rooting for the chiefs the most.

    Second, I cannot stand the Jets with Sanchez and the fat bastard.

    The Ravens & Texans I have no problem with.

  • Seymour Bush

    It’s also fun to play spoiler.
    =================================

    Spoiler teams have no pressure, the grip isn’t on, they can just go have fun, knowing they have a full month in Cabo waiting. Then there is the old betting adage, “teams that must win, usually don’t.”

  • inonewordraider

    Rivers Jackson Gates Floyd Tolbert Matthews Phillips want nothing more than to play spoiler

  • RaiderDebo

    If there’s one team that could pack it in, it’s the Chargers. HC about to be fired and a franchise QB to protect from injury. Wouldn’t mind a couple of late hits early to make them think about pulling him like Romo against the Eagles.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    18. I have no problem rooting for SD, Denver or KC when they are playing each other. I always win because one of them always lose. I always root for who helps the Raiders.

  • devilr8er

    Baltimore should play tough, arent they still fighting for playoff seeding?

  • inonewordraider

    devilr8er Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:28 am
    Baltimore should play tough, arent they still fighting for playoff seeding?

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    yes just hoping they don’t let up knowing they’re already in

  • Seymour Bush

    # inonewordraider Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Rivers Jackson Gates Floyd Tolbert Matthews Phillips want nothing more than to play spoiler
    ============================================

    And don’t forget Hardwick and McNeil whose season we ended. Something tells me the Dischargers will show up on Sunday in the Coliseum ready to play.

  • YoungAmerican

    Lions already put the nail in Norv’s coffin. Let’s hope the Raiders are motivated to soak Norv’s coffin in gasoline, light it up, and throw it off a cliff into the Pacific.

  • Seymour Bush

    yes just hoping they don’t let up knowing they’re already in
    ==================================

    They won’t let up. Nothing is better than knocking division rivals out of the party. Right Kansas Shi**y?

  • RaiderDebo

    rdraider Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:30 am
    devilr8er Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:28 am
    Baltimore should play tough, arent they still fighting for playoff seeding?

    _________________
    yes just hoping they don’t let up knowing they’re already in

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Won’t happen. A loss would likely cost them the bye since Pitt is playing the Browns.

  • Seymour Bush

    # YoungAmerican Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Lions already put the nail in Norv’s coffin. Let’s hope the Raiders are motivated to soak Norv’s coffin in gasoline, light it up, and throw it off a cliff into the Pacific.
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    Or dump that flaming box into downtown San Diego. Isn’t that why they call it the Gas Light District?

  • boss01

    Norvell already knows he is done, he will not be coaching for his job, if anything he is bitter that he didnt get the vote of confidence from the owner.

    That will equate to a team that has checked out and shut it down.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Kyle Orton’s road record in December??

    2-11

    Well, I guess he is due, lol.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    PeymourGlen, looks like Lechler made an a$$ out of you again! Where did he drop this last one on the 5 yard line, right?
    ______

    “Lechler isn’t a placement kicker”

    -Seymour Bush

  • M Lonetree

    Feliz Boxing Day!

    a home playoff game sounds great.
    v. the Steel Boys. Ugh.

    road playoff game v. the Tejanos sounds easier doesn’t it?

  • Just Fire Baby

    With all teams that are playing the spoiler role, you want to knock them out early and watch them check out.

    You let them linger into the 2nd half, they realize it is their Super Bowl and give a 110%.

  • M Lonetree

    an ugly win in KC on Sat?
    the Packmen just had an ugly loss in Arrowhead the week prior.
    perhaps Romeo has a plan to just make games as ugly as possible.
    here’s hoping that the ugliness prevails over the Donks.

  • beach

    Just get in the playoffs baby! Yes, we will know if the Jets win before our game, and if they do, we MUST win and have the Ravens or Chiefs win!

  • al d. davis

    Quit “if’ing”. All the “if’s” loom formiably and prejudicially against the Raiders. I doubt Raiders can beat SD based on their perfomance against KC. In each successive game, of their last four games, the Raiders continue to regress. Also, to believe the Bronco will lose against KC on Sunday, is a total leap in logic, and ridiculous. Denver is the real thing and got beat badly by the Pats (a first tier team), and were beat even worse by the Bills (a second tier team.) To believe that Broncos will lose three straight, suffering a third successive loss to KC (a third tier team) is more than logic will bear.

    The remaining contingencies regarding wildcard based on the Ravens performance etc. is total nonsense: way too speculative. And even if the Raiders do make it into the first round they will lose: THEY ARE TOTAL CRAP. It would have about as much significance as the Seahawks winning their division last season and actually winning the first round playoff game: no significance at all. Look at Seattle this season: total crap, all over again, ironically playing will Raider castoffs.

    So, to next season. Attenuate the taint of Stank AL, who was stuck in a retro-universe dating in 1983 when we last won a Super Bowl. We are now eating his dementia imposed rotten fruit cultivated under his leadership of the team.

    Mark and Trask need to attenuate this Stank, get rid of AL’s influence once and for all (he should have been run out of the league years ago), and blow up the entire team by hiring the best GM in the business, firing Hue, Chuckie, most of the sub-coaches and the bulk of the players on the roster. Only then will we make the playoffs and actually advance toward the Super Bowl.

  • beach

    33. I prefer the home playoff game. Houston has just as good a defense as Pittsburgh, and Big Ben is a statue. He cannot move due to injury.

  • Forrest Hump

    We need to handle our business and beat SD. The Queefs will take care of the rest for us. So let it be written.

  • Seymour Bush

    Jamista, didn’t you want Janikowsky gone, DHB gone, Seymour benched, just a few weeks ago? And didn’t you say Nnamdi sucks? Find a new hobby Jamista Clown. Maybe you can try baking. Oh wait, you would need an oven and you could hurt yourself. Try walking. Oh wait you will hurt yourself doing that, try….hold on, there has to be something…

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    I think i would rather play the Steelers sooner then later. Ben and his high ankle sprain are only going to improve with time. And we dont do well against mobile QB’s.

  • Seymour Bush

    al d. davis Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I doubt Raiders can beat SD based on their perfomance against KC.
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    Yeah sure. How bout based on SD’s performance against Detroit? Can’t really base it on that either I guess. Since They didn’t show up for that game.

  • Just Fire Baby

    The Texans are fresh off losses to the Panthers and the frkn Colts.

    Whoever gets to play the Texans is getting a late X-mas Gift.

    Can’t say that when playing the Steelers or Ravens.

  • Kirk

    Steve Corkran Christmas Day tweet….

    “Something tells me that Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford will be healthy enough to play against the Chargers. Same goes for Michael Huff.”

    From your tweet to God’s ears, Steve.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Whats healthy enough?

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Making an impact or standing on the sideline suited up?

  • Seymour Bush

    # DonManoukiansNeighbor Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Making an impact or standing on the sideline suited up?
    ==========================================

    You really have to wonder how much they would help other than throwing off the rhythm of the offense. With a full week of practice, sure, but if they are not practicing til late in the week, they would most likely be a detriment.

  • beach

    Before looking ahead to Sunday, is there any explanation to why Chuck B and his defense fold like a tent EVERY 4TH QUARTER? I am fed up with watching them on the field when the game is on the line!

  • Forrest Hump

    Beach Says:
    December 26th, 2011 at 12:02 pm
    Before looking ahead to Sunday, is there any explanation to why Chuck B and his defense fold like a tent EVERY 4TH QUARTER? I am fed up with watching them on the field when the game is on the line!
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    Yes, Chuck B is in over his head, was only hired to be a defensive asst until we couldnt find an actual DC and Al gave him the DC job. He was in the UFL last year and has no business coaching in the NFL today. Next year when we have a real DC that the players respect things should be better.

  • Raider J

    Sun 1pm
    Go HOU v. ten
    Go NYJ @ mia

    Sun 4pm
    Go BAL @ cin
    Go KC @ den

    RAIDERS…JUST WIN BABY!